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  1. Vatican chastised over list of bishops

    Posted Sep 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter By making public a list of mainland bishops invited to a world conference in Rome next month, the Vatican showed it had no respect for the mainland's 5 million ... it 'incomprehensible' that the Vatican made public the invitations even though it knew at least two of the bishops invited would not be able to attend because they were too old or in ill heath. If some or all ...

  2. Zen says he has been approached by Beijing

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun yesterday reiterated his belief that diplomatic ties between the mainland and the Vatican could be restored in two years. The cardinal said he had been contacted by mainland officials to discuss how best to re-establish Sino-Vatican ties. He said he was first approached about a month ago, adding he believed formal diplomatic ties ...

  3. Sino-Vatican ties have calmed down, says Cardinal Zen

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Diplomatic negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing will continue despite the row over the ordination of two mainland bishops by the state-controlled church in China, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said yesterday. Speaking after a week-long visit to Italy where he discussed Sino-Vatican affairs with top Vatican officials, the leader of the Catholic Church in Hong ...

  4. Vatican renews call to reconcile amid row

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Vatican's secretary of state yesterday called on mainland Catholics to reconcile and work for the long-term development of the Church, and reiterated hopes ... for stepping up spiritual training for priests and the faithful, and reminded bishops to build better ties with their priests. Bertone's letter was the latest Vatican move to address ...

  5. Vatican should talk to HK first, says Bishop Zen

    Posted Sep 14th 2005, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Vatican has been too optimistic about Beijing's intentions to re-establish diplomatic ties, the leader of Hong Kong's Catholics said yesterday. Speaking after ... optimistic and thought the situation has now changed,' Bishop Zen said, referring to the previously frosty relations. It appears the Vatican is now adopting a wait-and-see attitude after ...

  6. Vatican's peace overture breaks new ground

    Posted Jul 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Soon after his election, Pope Benedict declared restoration of the Vatican's ties with Beijing one of his priorities, along with reunification of the church on the mainland and the estimated 10 million Catholics there. His open letter to China's Catholics at the weekend is the Vatican's most serious overture to Beijing yet. It has gone to a lot of trouble to ensure ...

  7. Sticking points in Sino-Vatican relations

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung While previously frosty Sino-Vatican relations appear to be thawing, observers said major issues remained to be solved. As top Vatican officials have made clear, ... for Beijing to choose, before the Pope gives his final blessings for the new bishop. But for a full resumption of ties to work, the Vatican is likely to insist on other matters upon which ...

  8. Cardinal Zen aims to boost Sino-Vatican ties

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Religious and political figures from Beijing, Hong Kong and the Vatican yesterday welcomed Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun's elevation to cardinal, saying it is an honour ... rebuilding Sino-Vatican relations, despite possibly stirring pro-Beijing critics in Hong Kong. 'The Holy Father really cares about China. The number of cardinals he appointed this time ...

  9. Vatican switch?

    Posted Apr 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A Vatican official has played down a statement by Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun that the Holy See might cut ties with Taiwan and resume relations with Beijing. What do you think? Share your views: write to us ...

  10. Zen must take on role of Vatican statesman

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the world over. His elevation is significant for numerous reasons, but none more important than the role he can play as a bridge in negotiations between the Vatican and the mainland. As outspoken ... role in mending the decades-long rift between the Vatican and Beijing. At the crux of the dispute has been the Vatican's recognition of Taiwan as its representative of China. The matter ...




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